38–39 Bayley Lane
|38–39 Bayley Lane|
The area of the undercroft is outlined on the ground above.
|Town or city||Coventry|
|Owner||Herbert Art Gallery and Museum|
All that remains of 38–39 Bayley Lane is the medieval undercroft or cellar, a fourteenth-century cellar that initially belonged to a wealthy merchant, who was a clothier. The undercroft is built with sandstone with a stone-ribbed vault for added security and strength. It is accessible from Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry.
Late medieval period
The area of Bayley Lane that the building was located in was occupied by wealthy merchants in the late medieval period. Following the earlier levelling of Coventry Castle, the area would have been undeveloped. Bayley Lane likely emerged as a route through the former castle bailey or outer court.
The undercroft consists of two square bays making a rectangular room (just over 21 by 11 feet (6.4 by 3.4 m)). There are two separate entrances, one by which the cellar is entered from Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in the west and another, which is blocked after a few steps, in the east. There are niches in the northern and southern walls which were used to store valuable goods.
The local topography allowed the cellar to be lit on the northern side with a window.
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- Rare visit to medieval undercroft in Coventry city centre. Coventry: BBC Online. 23 June 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
- Demidowicz, George (2008). Medieval Undercroft. Herbert Art Gallery and Museum.
- "Visitors given rare access to medieval undercroft in Coventry city centre". BBC Online. BBC. 22 June 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2012.